Pairi Daiza
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Pairi Daiza (formerly Paradisio) is a privately owned zoo and botanical garden located in Brugelette in the province of Hainaut in Belgium. The zoo is located on the site of the former Cistercian Cambron Abbey, and is home to over 4,000 animals. Apart from that it has lovely gardens such as the Chinese Garden, also called "The Dream of Han Wu Di". It is the largest Chinese garden in Europe, and in addition to its Chinese themed buildings, waterfalls, rocks, and plants, it is home to cranes, red pandas, and muntjak. The Kingdom of Ganesha, is the largest Indonesian garden in Europe, and reproduces the plant life and feel of the Indonesian archipelago, particularly Bali. Rose garden, this rose garden is home to more than 700 varieties of roses from around the world, including rose bushes, climbing roses, vines, and rambling roses. Andalusian garden, near the park entrance is inspired by Moorish patios and the palaces of Spain. In addition to plants including ferns, fig trees, persimmons, and albizia, this garden includes many ponds and fountains. Olive garden, the collection of plants in this garden was originally part of the Ghent Flower Show. The garden includes olive plants, fig trees, a cork oak, and a large patch of lavender which attracts butterflies.
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Cambron Abbey at Pairi Daiza zoo
The abbey was founded in 1148 by Anselme of Trazegnies, a canon from Soignies. The foundation is believed to have been effected by Bernard of Clairvaux himself, and as such was probably a daughter house of Clairvaux. So by visiting Pairi Daiza, you get to see an impressive old Abbey, fabulous birds and animals and fantastic gardens. I dare you to find a better way to spend a weekend :).
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